11 Things You Don't Know About Andia Winslow An interview by Ashley LaRae
Andia Winslow, Yale alumna and host of ADUB365 FIT, is both a Professional Golfer and a passionate Certified Fitness Professional. She is known for her creation of innovative training programs and fitness videos that encourage healthy consumption, injury prevention and total athletic development. A formidable competitor who mirrored her professional athlete relatives as a youngster, Andia’s experience in fitness --as a profession-- began as an elite athlete training with USA Track & Field under Jesse Owens Olympic Hall of Fame Coach Brooks Johnson. As a wellness advocate and ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation, Andia is committed to her work that encourages youth and adults to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. When not on the course, on the track, or in the gym, she can be found furthering her crafts as an artist, published author and accomplished model. Here, she shares with us a few things we didn't know about her!
11 things you don't know about Andia:
1. Growing up, Andia wanted to be a Veterinarian...and an NFL Tight End.
2. She's a synesthete: she sees numbers when she see colors. For example, Blue =5, Red=2, White=1. Black is her favorite color...that would be a 10 (wild!).
3. She has nine Uncles (NINE).
4. She grew three inches after college. She now stands at 5’8’ (I guess that stomps on the theory that women stop growing at 18).
5. If it were "professionally responsible", she would add sleeping and eating to the Skills section of her resume. She loves food...and sleeping after she eats it.
6. In college she made a documentary film with her good friend Monique Walton; it was screened at twelve international film festivals!
7. She was “discovered” as a model after she shaved her head (her first runway gig was at the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York City in 2006).
8. She's writing two books.
9. She loves playing all sports but her favorite to watch in person is Ice Hockey.
10. Her proudest moment in life was accepting the Congressional Medal of Honor on behalf of her Grandfather Colonel Robert V. Winslow, a Tuskegee Airman.
11. Her most exciting intellectual moment in 2011 was speaking with author Malcolm Gladwell. ...and a few more things you SHOULD know:
1. At Yale University, in 2000, Andia became the first African American woman to ever compete in the Ivy League.
2. In 2006 she became the fourth African American to ever compete in LPGA Tour history, joining the distinguished ranks of tennis greats Althea Gibson, Renee Powell and Laree Pearl Sugg.
3. In addition to being a Professional Athlete, Andia is a Certified Fitness Professional known for her creation of innovative training programs and fitness videos. Her work has been featured by numerous outlets including ESPN.com and Mashable.com which, with more than 40 million hits per month, is THE TOP news source in social and digital media, technology and web culture.
4. She's also an agency signed model who was recently named as one of the Top 40 Emerging Faces in Arizona.
5. Andia's philanthropic efforts include focus on healthcare, education and sports equity. She's in the process of creating a non-profit foundation with her family.